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Jan 22, 2007 10:17 PM

Jesse Wong's Hong Kong--help me understand please

I had gone there about two years ago and was completely underwhelmed, but I had heard good things about it from this board and other places, so I went again this weekend. And all I can say is why?

Why with a perfectly good dim sum place not ten minutes (probably even less) away just up 29 would anyone go to this joint? How can I even begin? Got seafood chow fun, both the shrimp and scallops were frozen. And they loaded up on garlic. The chicken feet had red peppers and NO black beans in it. Stuffed tofu had maybe four. Spinch in the dumplings was obviously frozen. Charsui bow was store bought as well. Nothing had any flavour.

I've been to I believe every dim sum place between here and Reston (except haven't been to Lucky 3 yet), and usually there's a few things that I like at every place. Here--nothing. My friends wouldn't even take the leftovers home.

Anyways, what am I missing?

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  1. Which perfectly good dim sum place are you talking about that is not ten minutes away just up 29? I would love to know.

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      1. re: Chownut

        Yes, Oriental Manor, who are under new management as of like November of last year, but the food was IMO slightly better than before.

        To get there from JWHK, you would simply get on 29N, go up to 40W, and Oriental Manor is in the first big shopping mall on the right. Can't be more than 10 minutes, probably even left.

        1. re: atls21231

          I don't get the Jesse Wong hype either. I got lo mein and something else from Asean Bistro a couple of months ago, and they were terrible.

          What specific dishes do people like from Asean Bistro and Hong Kong? Maybe I'm ordering the wrong things.

    1. Was your visit weekday or weekend?

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      1. A Chinese New Year's Day research foray keeping these earlier reports in mind found the dim sum top-notch, everything hot, lots of things never seen around the DC regular places and special non-cart items offered by runners. It was 1230 Sunday and they were slammed with families but it was way better than fine. Maybe the cart offerings get tired later on...and weekdays are just a shadow of the real thing on weekends.

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        1. re: chowsearch

          Have you been to Oriental Manor? If not, you should go. They have carts and runners and better yet, they don't use frozen seafood, veggies, or dumplings, and they do use black beans in their sauce. Much better IMO.

        2. Two-stop Saturday or Sunday 1130am smackdown test?